Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Allergy Home Care

Home care for an allergy may include:

Allergy Hives

Home care for hives:


Medications for allergic skin rashes and hives include:

Diphenhydramine Dosing Chart
AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
2-5 years6.25 mg4-6 hours37.5 mg/day
6-11 years12.5-25 mg4-6 hours150 mg/day
12 and older25-50 mg4-6 hours300 mg/day

Chlorpheniramine Dosing Chart
AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
Under 6consult your physician
6-11 years2 mg4-6 hours12 mg/day
12 and up4 mg4-6 hours24 mg/day

Allergy Itching

Home treatment for itching:

  • Cleanse itchy skin with mild soap and water.
  • Massage itchy areas with an ice cube or apply a cold compress.
  • Take a cool bath or shower to reduce itching. Consider oatmeal (Aveeno) baths.
  • Try to avoid the substance that caused the reaction.

Medications for itching include:

Oral antihistamines can be sedating. Do not mix antihistamines with alcohol or other sedatives.

Diphenhydramine Dosing Chart
AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
2-5 years6.25 mg4-6 hours37.5 mg/day
6-11 years12.5-25 mg4-6 hours150 mg/day
12 and older25-50 mg4-6 hours300 mg/day

Chlorpheniramine Dosing Chart
AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
Under 6consult your physician
6-11 years2 mg4-6 hours12 mg/day
12 and up4 mg4-6 hours24 mg/day

Allergy Rashes

Home care for an allergic rash includes:

  • Avoid contact with the substance that caused the reaction.
  • Wash your skin with a gentle soap twice a day.
  • Avoid scratching, which can cause infection.
  • Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream to the rash, such as Cortizone 10 or Cortaid Maximum Strength. Apply the cream four times a day for 10-14 days
  • Use moisturizing lotions, such as Lubriderm or Eucerin cream, to reduce itching if the skin is dry.
  • Take prescription medications as directed.
  • Nonprescription antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine, can help control itching. Adults may take 25 to 50 mg of Benadryl every four to six hours.

Home treatment for allergic skin swelling includes:

Allergy Warning Signs

Notify your doctor for an allergy and any of the following:

Continue to Allergy Prevention

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